4 Stars Out Of 5
Resonating and Triumphant Plot
September 2, 2011
Worlds Collide by Alison Strobel was a pleasant surprise and unlike any novel that I have read in the past. The plot, structure, and characters are intriguing and pull you into the novel and resonate after you finish the last page. It is both heart-rending and triumphant, key ingredients for a worthy read.
Unlike most Christian fiction novels, which are generally "Rated G," I would classify this novel as "Rated PG-13" because of the subject matter and lifestyles portrayed. Ultimately, the themes of faith, redemption, and unconditional love shine through. Strobel formats Worlds Collide like a biography, told from the perspectives of three main characters: biographer, Jada Eastman; Hollywood star, Jack Harrington; and Jack's wife, Grace. Each individual is realistic, flawed, and searching for fulfillment.
Strobel paints a vivid picture of Jack Harrington's loose Hollywood lifestyle and clearly illustrates that money and fame cannot buy contentment. As Jake and Grace reflect on their lives, we watch them become Christians and change not only their lives, but the lives of countless others. Their conversion, struggles, pains, and doubts are tangible and relevant. The glimpses provided into their former, more worldly lifestyles, especially Jack's, make the reformations even more significant and satisfying.
I enjoyed watching the relationship blossom between Jack and Grace. The progression to their first meeting is slow at times, but lays a strong foundation for the challenges and successes they face later in their relationship. Jada's role is much more secondary, offering occasional reactions and insight into the story we are hearing along with her. We don't learn very much about Jada's life, but she provides yet another example of a life changed by the Harrington's faith.
Worlds Collide is a modern-day Cinderella story, and while the ending is not fairy tale perfect it is very real. As I overhear the latest Hollywood scoop, I realize that Hollywood and the world, in general, needs more people like Jack and Grace. More worlds should "collide" with these two fictional characters created by Alison Strobel.
Worlds Collide is available for purchase at the following locations:
Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Multnomah/ WaterBrook Press through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."